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Mrs Rundell and the Milkmaid: Perceptions of female identity in the domestic sphere in eighteenth-century London by Jenny Sylvester

This article discusses a cookery book, A New System of Domestic Cookery (figure 1), by Maria Eliza Rundell (1745–1828), and Milk Below Maids (figure 2), from Thomas Wheatley’s (1747–1801) Cries of London series, in order to explore representations of female roles in eighteenth-century London. The initial impulse behind the selection of these articles was the link between cookery and ingredients; however, they reveal something of the education of women, notions of the ‘ideal woman’, and how working women were characterised by the middle classes.

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Friday, May 24, 2019
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